Defunct bus services of Dhanbad and Jamshedpur would be handed over to private operators to run on no-loss no-profit basis.
Transport and urban development minister CP Singh said the city bus services of Jamshedpur and Dhanbad would be resumed on priority basis in the interest of the people. “The state government is serious to resume the defunct city bus services of the steel city and the coal city (Jamshedpur and Dhanbad) as soon as possible. Private transporters would be given the responsibility to run on no-loss no-profit guideline, but private operators would have to pay insurance cost and road tax,” said the transport minister.
The city bus service was launched by the central government in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad in 2010 under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Each city was given 70 buses. The urban development department had handed over the buses to Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC).
Citing loss in business and lack of manpower, JTDC returned the service to the department in Jamshedpur in 2012, in Dhanbad in September 2014 and in Ranchi in May 2015. The services have been lying defunct ever since. In Ranchi, private transporters have been running the buses for the last one year.
Singh, while speaking to HT, said that for providing comfortable and cheap transport facilities and for connecting villages to townships, the government would provide road permits to private operators for running from seven-seater to 21-seater deluxe buses across the state.
Town commissioner of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, Binod Shankar Singh has initiated steps to revive the facility.
The corporation has issued an ‘Expression of Interest’ for repairing 65 buses lying defunct since September 2014, while the urban development department has released`88 lakh to repair the buses.